Friday, September 30, 2016

Sleeping with Earth by Ben Ditmars

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Nature calls from the depths of itself, heating embers of a flame lost to global warming and withering romance. Hear voices find their truth as weeds tangle with free-verse and haiku poetry.

Excerpt:

Procreation
 
in the beginning,
before heavy elements
or stars
magnetism rested in
the dark sensation
of a solar breath.
 
Coastline Villanelle
 
eroding shoreline
felt by hands,
a cosmic bloodline
skin will shine
along the dying reefs and sand
eroding shoreline
with your spine and
hair submerged by strands

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dobby Is So Polite What A Delight by Kimberley Kleczka

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Dobby Is So Polite, What A Delight is the latest children’s book from the friendship series. It is a rhyming children’s book about how a caring brother brings home a special friend called Dobby for his sister. Dobby, is a blue heeler Australian Cattle Dog puppy, who is loving, energetic and was placed in a dog shelter. He is very sad as he is all alone and is stuck in a smelly cage. One day he is hoping that he will meet a new buddy and be able to run free and play Frisbee. So he is so excited when he meets his new friends. He is also introduced to Baloo, who is an older dog from The Netherlands that teaches Dobby manners and how to behave in and out of the house. This is a book about friendship, love and how to fit in with others. Dobby settles in very well with his wonderful family. But he has one habit that he finds hard to stop. Can you guess what it might be? This book comes with music and lyrics. Music is a form of expression and it is wonderful for children to freely explore the world around them through sound. Children are naturally creative and love to explore everything new and amazing. Most young children love to sing, dance and make music. This children’s book has vibrant eye-catching colorful illustrations, which help children visualize the story. Color is a dynamic stimulation and plays a very important role in learning, as research has shown that 50-60 percent of our brain is used for seeing. Dobby is a fun loving, friend dog, and loves to play Frisbee with his new friend. He also is learning to have wonderful manners and even knows how to cross the road at the traffic lights. Dobby Is So Polite What A Delight is entertaining and is perfect for pre-schoolers at bedtime as well as a self-read book for older children. It is also a great rhyming book for toddlers and a perfect early reader book. Rhyming teaches children who are learning to read about the patterns and structures in both spoken and written words. Rhyming and songs expose children to the rhythm of language, which helps them read with some animation in their voice instead of just a monotone voice. Rhyming also helps children learn about word families such as sun and fun, or flight and night and so on. For instance, if your child is learning to spell, if they can spell shy, they can spell guy and if they can spell paws they can spell laws. Have you ever seen kids sitting and happily listening to someone reading in a monotone voice? I haven’t. If you want to hold a child’s attention, read with inflection and animation, and they will sit glued to your voice. Rhyming and rhythm are very important skills that help a young reader learn to use inflection an animation when reading aloud. Rhyming also prepares kids to make predictions while learning words and gives them crucial interpreting skills. As well as Phonemic awareness which helps with the beginning of their written language.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cinderella's Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek

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Chad Anders doesn’t know why mousy Cynthia Henley trips all over her tongue when she’s around him. Nor does he understand his undeniable attraction to this good girl. Wild and sexy is his type, like the dream-girl he caught a glimpse of years earlier he’s never forgotten.

Cynthia’s superpower is invisibility, especially with men. It’s better for everyone that way. Besides, she’s got a cat. She’s okay. But when playboy-rancher Chad hires her, she’s got a chance to shine. Professionally, at least. Until she learns of his fascination with a mysterious dream-girl, who was actually nothing more than a shy teenager on an ill-advised dare all those years ago. Cynthia knows she’s no man’s dream-girl and never will be.

But there’s magic at the ball. Princesses glow in the starlight, princes appear out of nowhere, and, sometimes, they look a lot like cowboys…

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FREE: Visit Alook's Cool Place In Outer Space by Kimberley Kleczka

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Alooks Cool Place in Outer Space is a rhyming children’s book about his special home in the universe. And his wonderful family and pet dragon called Zagon. They live on the Koolamundo star which is the tiniest in the Universe. He has a very cool stylish sister called Lala and a baby brother named Kaia. His father is a scientist who studies the stars and surrounding planets and his mother is a magical Koolamundo queen, that brings life to nature. You will get to meet them all in this rhyming children's book. So come and join us on another Koolamundo adventure in space and learn about the Koolamundo language and the fun sport called Lutor.

This book comes with spacey music and lyrics and Zagon the dragon talks to Alook and the children. Music is a form of expression and it is wonderful for children to freely explore the world around them through sound. Children are naturally creative and love to explore everything new and amazing. Most young children love to sing, dance and make music. This children’s book has vibrant eye-catching colorful illustrations, which help children visualize the story. Color is a dynamic stimulation and plays a very important role in learning, as research has shown that 50-60 percent of our brain is used for seeing. Alook is a fun loving, friendly, and a little quirky bird that enjoys lots of adventure and traveling around the world. He is on a mission to entertain and delight all of our wonderful children. Along his journeys, he likes to collect memorabilia to remind him of the wonderful memories, and special friendships that he makes along the way. In this rhyming story Alook introduces you to his home and family. You get to learn about what he does at school and also about a special sport called Lutor. Alook’s Cool Place in Outer Space is entertaining and is perfect for pre-schoolers at bedtime as well as a self-read book for older children. It is also a great rhyming book for toddlers and a perfect early reader book. Rhyming teaches children who are learning to read about the patterns and structures in both spoken and written words. Rhyming and songs expose children to the rhythm of language, which helps them read with some animation in their voice instead of just a monotone voice. Rhyming also helps children learn about word families such as star and far, or light and night and so on. For instance, if your child is learning to spell, if they can spell dinner, they can spell winner and if they can spell baking they can spell making. Have you ever seen kids sitting and happily listening to someone reading in a monotone voice? I haven’t. If you want to hold a child’s attention, read with inflection and animation, and they will sit glued to your voice. Rhyming and rhythm are very important skills that help a young reader learn to use inflection an animation when reading aloud. Rhyming also prepares kids to make predictions while learning words and gives them crucial interpreting skills.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Free Books for September 10, 2016

A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone

A kiss is just a kiss…

Unless it’s under the mistletoe.

Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech “bah, humbug” billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season.

Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to give him a Christmas he’ll never forget. But after a simple kiss under the mistletoe, Ellie and Josiah both start questioning everything. Can Christmas really bring the gift neither one of them were expecting: true love?



Out of Practice Aphrodite by S.E. Baine

Abby left Olympus behind for the only thing she ever wanted: freedom. Things are going great until one colossal misstep lands her right back into Olympus politics and under the steely-eyed glare of Zeus. To make up for it, Zeus demands she make a love match between two people of his choice.

Easy peasy for the Goddess of Love, right?

Wrong.

Abby stumbles into an ex-lover, a dead demi-god, and the realization that a crucial relic has been stolen right out from underneath Zeus’ nose. Between the gods breathing down her neck and fighting an attraction between two woefully wrong men, Abby will have to keep her wits about her so she can solve this mess and get back to her comfortable life and expensive cappuccino machine.

Unfortunately for Abby, things are never easy when the gods get involved. 


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Friday, September 9, 2016

Betting Off Dead by Tonya Kappas Blog Tour


Interview with Tonya Kappes
1.     If you could live a day in the life of a fictional character, who would it be?
It would by my fictional character of witch June Heal. She is a good hearted helper and wants to really help everyone who comes in her store. She’s a good friend and a loving family member. She has it all!
2.     What is your all time favorite book? And what books are currently on your nightstand?
The Giving Tree….I hope you don’t care it’s a children’s book! I adore it because I try to be as kind and loving and find the joy in every bit of life. The Giving Tree is a great lesson for all ages and it’s a favorite gift to give someone too.
Currently I’m writing, so I don’t have anything on my nightstand but pen and paper for the late night character calls I get in my head while trying to catch some shut eye.
3.     If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
Well, I’ve had that job too. I was a child therapist before I was able to write as a full time job. I love children and loved helping them and families. It was a wonderful job that lifted my spirits. I still keep my certification up just in case the book gig goes south.
4.     Do you read and/or comment on reviews? I do not read reviews. Everyone is subject to their opinion and regardless of what it is, I will continue to write because it’s my passion. Plus I know not everyone is going to like my voice and that’s okay with me.
5.     A lot of your books have include magical elements. Where does that inspiration come from? Oh! Growing up I loved to watch shows like Bewitched, Mork and Mendy, and I Dream of Jeannie. I think all of these shows played into a fun make believe of what if and helped me escape from the world a little bit. That is my goal as an author. I want to give my readers a fun light book where they don’t have to think so much and are able to get lost into a make believe world where they can escape from the every day life stress.
6.     What is one question that you hear too many times during interviews? And a question that you wish someone would ask? Which literary great would you like to have dinner with, dead or alive.  I LOVE all questions about my fur babies and human babies!
This or That?
1.       Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction
2.       Novella or Tome? Novella
3.       Cover or Synopsis? Cover
4.       Bookstore or Library? Bookstore
5.       Pen or Pencil? Pencil
6.       Hardcover or Paperback? Paperback
7.       E-book or Audiobook? E-book
8.       Science Fiction or Paranormal? Paranormal
9.       Stand Alone or Series? Series
10.   Bookmarks or Dog Ears? Neither….Kindle!

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Synopsis:

And they're off!
Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky's number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookie witch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.

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Tonya has written over 20 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband and a teenage boy (her other three boys have spread their wings in college) and two very spoiled schnauzers in Kentucky.




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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Safe in His Sight by Regan Black

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USA TODAY bestselling author Regan Black thrills us with this adrenaline-fueled romance in her new series, Escape Club Heroes! 

The stalker shadowing lawyer Julia Cooper's every move is vowing to ruin her life—unless she discloses information about a major criminal case. For discreet help, she turns to the shadowy Escape Club, where investigative brainpower and brawn are for hire. Mitch Galway, a firefighter on leave, becomes Julia's round-the-clock bodyguard. All sculpted biceps, sexy bravado and conflicted past, Mitch works overtime to uncover the identity of the person hunting her. But as they track the creep getting way too close, Julia must share more of herself with the intriguing man protecting her…which puts them both high on a lunatic's hit list.

Excerpt:

The chime sounded for a text message and she swiped her screen to check it. The number wasn’t familiar, though the area code was local. Her assumption about a wrong number evaporated instantly.

Hello, Julia. Are you having vinaigrette or ranch on today’s salad?

More than a little uncomfortable, Julia returned her fork to the bowl, glancing around for the person messing with her. None of her fellow associates at the firm cared how she dressed a salad enough to find out even for the sake of a prank. They all thought she was odd for leaving the building most days to eat outside. The true benefit of taking her lunch break in the park was the daily boost of sunshine, another rare commodity for a new hire at Marburg.
Ignoring the juvenile stunt, she resumed her lunch and headline search.

You look better in blue. And I prefer the skirt.

This text message arrived with a picture of her in yesterday’s charcoal skirt and white sweater.
A rush of nerves skated over her skin. Who had been watching her and how had she missed it? She forced herself to chew and swallow the peppery greens that had turned to tasteless mush in her mouth. Quickly she packed the remainder of her salad and prepared to head back to the office.

Don’t go. I’d like us to be friends.

Fat chance, starting off like this, she thought. Knowing better, she sent a reply. Who are you? What do you want?

Who I am is irrelevant. I want what most men want when they look at you: insider access.

What did that mean? Was that some sort of sick innuendo? Her hands trembled. She lowered them to her lap to hide her reflexive fear. Glancing around, she searched again for the jerk behind this ill-mannered trick.

Let’s take a walk, Julia.

She refused to play his game. Pulling her tote close to her side, she leaned back on the bench and stretched out her legs, pretending to watch a group of school kids having fun on their field trip to the Liberty Bell Center.

I said walk. You should cooperate with me. Your choices today will have long-term consequences.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Read and Excerpt From Night Travelers by Marilyn Gardiner

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Four generations of women live together, each with her own problems, learning how to cope with her own issues while providing support for the others.

Elizabeth is the glue that holds the family together: her elderly mother suffering from dementia, her two grown daughters, one with a marriage in crisis and another who plans artificial Insemination, and two grandchildren resentful of their parents’ separation. Elizabeth’s own second-time-around romance is in jeopardy while she helps everyone else dealing with serious issues. Is she strong enough to be helpful to everyone else and put her own love aside?

Excerpt:

A gentle breeze from the lake wafted over them, smelling of a pleasant combination of fish and honeysuckle. Elizabeth touched her tongue to the melting ice cream cone she held and relaxed against the back of the car seat. Frogs croaked their evening songs, and Elizabeth swore she could identify Ferdinand, Andy’s special frog. Overhead, stars hung heavy in the sky and reflected in the water so clearly she said, “I think I could wade out and pick a star right from the lake.”
Sam tossed the last of his cone out the window and into the lake. “Bedtime treat for the fish, and if I’m too sticky to kiss, you’ll just have to get over it.” He leaned forward, one hand on the back of her seat and the other tilting her chin back toward himself.
Elizabeth had the fleeting thought that this was the moment she could draw back. If she didn’t want what would follow, now was the time. Her lips tipped upward in a tiny smile as she lifted her face to his. Damn the torpedoes. Somebody said that, it didn’t matter who, and she leaned into his arms.
He slanted his lips across hers as one hand crept around her waist to pull her
closer, and then crept up to her breast. “Oh hell!” he groaned and leaned back.
“What?”
“You’ve frozen me. My right nipple is frostbitten!”
She’d forgotten the cone she still held in her left hand. Crushed between them, the ice cream was mashed and quickly turned to liquid. Elizabeth laughed. “Look at us.” Actually the cold felt good on her hot skin, but they were an incredible mess. “Worse than toddlers.”
Sam used two hands to pull his shirt away from his chest. He was wet to his waist. He broke into a chuckle. “You aren’t any better.”
Elizabeth already knew she was covered in the icy stuff. She was wet through to her bra and even the legs of her Capri pants were cold. She laughed so hard she couldn’t catch her breath. The last of her smashed cone followed Sam’s out the window. “What are we going to tell the children?”
He reached for her again. “Who cares? Come here.”
Blood sang through her veins. An almost forgotten need rose within her, demanding attention. Sam ran his fingers through her hair and tipped her head back even farther. His lips on her neck nibbled and teased and then traveled up her jaw to her mouth with a gentleness that made her suddenly weak.
This was the sweetness they’d had as teenagers. Moline hardly counted, they’d been so eager, and neither one had been free, but this…this…. Anxiety slipped away. Worries dimmed. The world shrunk to the space within his arms. This was Sam.
His hands slid over her, crept again beneath her blouse. Hard palms but a soft and tender touch. Sweet. So very, very sweet.
He drew his mouth far enough away to say, “This position is going to give me a hernia. The back seat would work better.”
It did.
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